Peppermint Cream Hot Cocoa

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Hello January! Old man winter it here with vengeance, blasting us with wind, cold and of course SNOW, so I thought a nice hot cocktail was just what we needed and this recipe does not disappoint.

If you love a Peppermint Andes Chocolate Mints, then you are going to love this Peppermint Cream Hot Cocoa recipe. Using only three ingredients, we step up your traditional Hot Cocoa to an adult beverage that you will not want to put down. And if you want to step it up a notch, topping with mini marshmallows and peppermint is recommended. Simply print the recipe below, pin in on Pinterest, watch the video… but please try it, because this is sure to become a new winter favorite! Continue reading “Peppermint Cream Hot Cocoa”

4 Man Cave Cocktails

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You’ve got the dartboard, big screen TV, and neon signs hanging on the wall, but what is your Man Cave missing? What’s missing is a stocked bar with some hearty drinks to serve your buddies. If you are like me, a Makers Mark Cask Strength Neat is all you need, but if you really want to be the master of your cave, here are a few drinks I would suggest serving.

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Makers Mark Margarita

Makers Mark Margarita
 
Ingredients
  • 1 Oz. Makers Mark
  • ¼ Oz. Cointreau
  • ¼ Oz. Fresh OJ
  • ¼ Oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
  • ¼ Oz. Fresh Lime Juice
  • ¼ Oz. Agave Nector
  • Top with ¼ Oz Grand Marnier
  • Lime Wedge Garnish
Instructions
  1. Pour all in to chilled shaker.
  2. Shake and strain into a salt-rimmed glass.
  3. Top with float of ¼ oz Grand Marnier.
  4. Lime wedge garnish.

Haymaker

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Haymaker
 
Ingredients
  • ¾ Oz. Makers Mark
  • ¾ Oz. Dekuyper Triple Sec
  • ¾ Oz. Dry Vermouth
  • ¾ Oz. Lime Juice
Instructions
  1. Fill old-fashion glass ¾ with ice.
  2. Pour ingredients in to chilled shaker.
  3. Shake and strain into glass and serve.

 

Summer Envy

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Summer Envy
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Ingredients
  • 1 ½ Oz. Angel’s Envy Bourbon
  • ½ Oz. Peach Liqueur
  • ¼ Oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
  • ¼ Oz. Simple Syrup
  • 2 Sashes Angostura Bitters
  • Club Soda
  • Peach, Mint or Luxardo Maraschino Cherry Garnish
Instructions
  1. Pour first five ingredients into a highball or old fashion glass.
  2. Top with club soda.
  3. Garnish with a peach, mint or Luxardo maraschino cherry.

 

Dog Days

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Dog Days
 
Ingredients
  • 1 ½ Oz. Knob Creek Rye Whiskey
  • ½ tsp. Absinthe
  • 1 ¾ Oz. Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
  • 1 ¾ Oz. Simple Syrup* (see notes)
  • 2 Oz. Ginger Beer
Instructions
  1. In a shaker add spirits, juice and syrup.
  2. Fill shaker with ice and shake vigorously.
  3. Strain into a Collins glass over fresh ice and top with ginger beer.
  4. Garnish with a lemon wheel and mint sprig.
Notes
*Simple Syrup Recipe
Combine equal parts sugar and water in a sauce pan
Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, until sugar is fully dissolved
Allow to cool before using in cocktail

Until next time, cheers!
Harley
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Chocolate Liqueur Valentine Martini

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Chocolate Liqueurs are sweet drinks that can be enjoyed neat, on the rocks, or in an after dinner drink.  You can also add them to your coffee or over some desserts to add a sweet flavor.

What is a Chocolate Liqueur?

For the sake of simplicity, it is a liqueur that tastes like chocolate.  Chocolate Liqueurs are not a new invention.  The concept’s history dates back to around 1666 in France and chocolate liqueur recipes have been found in both British and American cookbooks.  These dessert drinks rose to popularity during the chocolate craze in the 1990s.

History of chocolate liqueur recipes have been divided into two parts: Pre-19th Century and Post-19th Century.  Pre-19th century cocoa was the main ingredient, while the modern recipe has cocoa extracts, vanilla, vanilla extract, vodka and simple syrup.

They are made from a combination of alcohol, sweetener and chocolate flavoring.  The ingredients are simple, but the process is quite lengthy.  I will not get into the process of making them at this point as I feel the ones you can find at your local Coborn’s or Cash Wise Liquor Store will work for whatever your plans are (desserts, cocktails or coffee boosts).

As Valentine’s Day fast approaches and you are out shopping for the perfect chocolates for the apple of your eye, may I suggest that you pick up a chocolate liqueur and make your special someone a fun Valentine Martini? Here is a delicious recipe to try this Valentine’s Day.

Valentine Martini
 
Ingredients
  • 2 Oz. Tito’s Vodka
  • 1 Oz. Godiva Chocolate Liqueur
  • Whipped Cream for topping
  • Shaved Chocolate for Garnish
Instructions
  1. Fill a shaker with ice.
  2. Add vodka and chocolate liqueur.
  3. Shake vigorously, strain and pour into a martini glass.
  4. Top with lightly sweetened whipped cream.
  5. Garnish with chocolate shavings.
Notes
You can use chocolate, white chocolate or dark chocolate liqueur.
If you want to spice it up, you can use Crave Chocolate Chili Liqueur.

This recipe is sure to be a hit for your Valentine’s Day celebration.

Until next time, cheers!
Harley
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3 Mason Jar Gift Ideas for the Holidays

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Last year I wrote a blog featuring Seven Festive Ways to Use a Mason Jar. I received a lot of positive feedback so I wanted to blog about a few more fun ways to use a mason jar for the holidays. These ideas are simple, fun and make great gifts. Don’t forget that you can get most, if not all of the items to make these gifts at your local Coborn’s!

Mint Cocoa Cocktail

First let’s start with a fun “Adult” gift, The Mint Cocoa Cocktail. A little mint a little cocoa and a little liquor make for a great way to unwind from a long winter day. Click Here to print the Free Printable Gift Tags that include the directions on how to make this Christmas-y Cocktail.

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Mint Cocoa Cocktail Mason Jar Gift
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Ingredients
  • Mason Jar
  • Handful Peppermint Candies
  • 2 Small Bottles Peppermint Schnapps
  • 2 Packets Hot Cocoa Mix
  • 2 Peppermint Candy Canes
  • One 8" Round Piece of Material (peppermint pattern)
  • 4.5' Twine
  • Four 1" Bulbs (I used 4 different colors)
  • Free Printable Tag
Instructions
  1. Place peppermint candies in the bottom of the jar.
  2. Place 2 hot cocoa packets in the back of the jar.
  3. Place 2 bottles of peppermint schnapps in the jar in front of the cocoa packets.
  4. Add 2 candy canes in the jar for stir sticks.
  5. Screw the lid on the jar.
  6. Place the material on top of the lid.
  7. Wrap the twine twice around the lid to secure the material on the top of the jar.
  8. Attach free printable tag with twine.
  9. Tie the bulbs to the end of the twine.
  10. Stir with candy canes and enjoy!

 

Cinnamon Popcorn Santa

My next mason jar gift idea is a tasty treat that anyone on your list will love!

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Cinnamon Popcorn Santa Mason Jar Gift
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Ingredients
  • Mason Jar Supplies
  • Large Mason jar
  • Little Santa hat
  • 1 Foot 1" Black Ribbon (or paper)
  • 2" x 2" Sparkly Silver Paper
  • Cinnamon Candy Popcorn
  • Hot Glue
  • Cinnamon Popcorn Ingredients
  • 8 Quarts Popped Popcorn
  • 1 Cup Butter, cubed
  • ½ Cup Light Corn Syrup
  • 9 Oz. Red Hot Candies
Instructions
  1. Mason Jar Instructions
  2. Hot glue the Santa hat on the lid.
  3. Hot glue the black band around the middle of the jar.
  4. Hot glue the silver buckle on the black band.
  5. Fill the jar with Cinnamon Candy Popcorn.
  6. Cinnamon Popcorn Directions
  7. Place popcorn in a large bowl; set aside.
  8. In a large saucepan, combine the butter, corn syrup and candies; bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring frequently for 5 minutes.
  9. Pour sauce over popcorn and toss to coat.
  10. Transfer popcorn to two greased 15" x 10" x1" baking pans.
  11. Bake at 250°F for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
  12. Dump popcorn onto waxed paper to cool.
  13. Break apart; store in airtight containers.

 

Edible Play Dough Snowman

My last mason jar gift idea is an edible play dough snowman. This is a great gift for the kids on your list. It is not a tasty treat, but if it is consumed, it is at least made with all edible ingredients! Not to mention it is pretty adorable as well.

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Edible Play Dough Snowman Mason Jar Gift
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Ingredients
  • Mason Jar Snowman Supplies
  • Mason Jar
  • White Spray Paint
  • Two ¾ -1" Black Buttons
  • Four ½" Black Buttons
  • Small Piece Orange Felt
  • 16" Square Piece of Material
  • Styrofoam ball - 3" Round and 1 ½" high
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue Gun & Glue
  • Edible Play Dough Ingredients
  • 1 Box White Cake Mix
  • 1 Stick Butter, softened
  • Water
Instructions
  1. Spray paint the Mason jar white.
  2. Cut orange felt into a triangle to create a nose.
  3. Hot glue button eyes, button mouth and felt nose onto jar.
  4. Lay material right side down and place jar lid on top.
  5. Cut Styrofoam ball to fit on top of the jar (use a steak knife).
  6. Pull material up around the lid and ball and tie it, cutting off any excess.
  7. Make Edible Play Dough by combining cake mix, stick of softened butter and water. Add water as needed to create desired consistency.
  8. Push play dough in the jar and seal it with the lid.
Notes
The white spray paint is optional. You will still get the white color of the snowman by placing the white play dough inside the mason jar.

 

I hope you enjoy making these fun and festive mason jar gifts for your friends and family this holiday. For more fun gift ideas using mason jars Click Here and start following us on Pinterest today!

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National Bourbon Heritage Month

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With the summer coming to an end there is still time for celebration.  September is National Bourbon Heritage Month.  Let me explain what makes a whiskey a bourbon (all bourbons are whiskeys but not all whiskeys are bourbons).

Federal Law states that in order to be called a bourbon a few requirements must be met.

  1. Produced in the United States
  2. Made from a grain mixture that is at least 51% corn
  3. Aged in new, charred oak barrels
  4. Distilled to no more than 160 proof
  5. Entered into the barrel for aging at no more than 125 proof
  6. Bottled at 80 proof or higher
  7. Nothing can be added during the bottling other than water

If the product is made meeting these requirements, it can be sold as a bourbon.  However, the exception is straight bourbon, which has to be aged for a minimum of two years.  If a straight bourbon is aged less than four years, it must have the age stated on the bottle.

I would love to give you the origin of bourbon, however, there are many conflicting legends and claims; some more credible than others.

If all bourbons are made this way, do they all taste the same?  The answer to the question is no.  Remember 51% is the minimum amount of corn that can be used.  Distillers may decide to use more than that.  The length of time the bourbon has been aged will affect the taste.  Where the bourbon is placed to age in the Rick House, as well as the addition of other grains such as wheat or rye affect the end result.  These are areas where distillers get to use their creativity.

We will be celebrating National Bourbon Heritage Month the entire month of September.  Be sure to stop in and pick up your favorite bottle or maybe try a new selection.

I will leave you with this old Kentucky Proverb – “Keep Your Friends Close and Your Bourbon Closer.”

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